A consultation has been initiated by the UK Home Office on the rights to demonstrate near Parliament.
The consultation paper Managing Protest around Parliament stems from a Governance of Britain green paper in which the government committed to consulting on the sections of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act covering demonstrations near Parliament.
This consultation takes another look at sections 132-138 of that act, and explores whether there is another way to address the situation that would both uphold the right to protest while also giving police the powers they need to keep the peace.
Time is running out for expressing an opinion so if you are concerned about this issue get involved.
The report ‘ Managing Protest around Parliament’ can be read here
The consultation closes on 17 January 2008.